President Trump on Saturday praised the Secret Service for its safety of the White Home throughout protests in Washington D.C. on Friday night time, calling them “very cool & very skilled” — and warned that any protesters who breached the fence would have met by “vicious canines” and “ominous weapons.”
“Nice job final night time on the White Home by the U.S. @SecretService. They weren’t solely completely skilled, however very cool,” Trump tweeted.
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He later accused the protesters of being “professionally managed” and mentioned cryptically that “Tonight, I perceive, is MAGA NIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE???”
The White Home was briefly locked down amid the protests over the loss of life of Minneapolis man George Floyd in police custody — a part of protests and riots throughout the nation. The riots had been sparked by video that confirmed a police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck, one thing protesters say is the most recent incident of police brutality towards black males.
Floyd’s loss of life Monday – for which 4 Minneapolis law enforcement officials have been fired Tuesday and one among them, Derek Gauvin, was arrested and charged with third-degree homicide Friday – sparked protests and rioting throughout the U.S., from New York Metropolis and Washington, D.C., to Chicago; Columbus, Ohio, Louisville, Ky., and Dallas, to San Jose, Calif.; Los Angeles and Portland, Ore.
Trump mentioned he “was inside, watched each transfer, and couldn’t have felt extra protected” and indicated that anybody who had managed to get into White Home grounds would have been handled swiftly.
“They let the ‘protesters’ scream & rant as a lot as they needed, however every time somebody….received too frisky or out of line, they might shortly come down on them, exhausting – didn’t know what hit them. The entrance line was changed with recent brokers, like magic,” he mentioned.
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“Large crowd, professionally organized, however no one got here near breaching the fence. If they’d they might have been greeted with essentially the most vicious canines, and most ominous weapons, I’ve ever seen.” he mentioned.
He went on to say that the Secret Service brokers have been “simply ready for motion” and that he was advised that the younger brokers “adore it” on the frontline, seeing it as “good apply.”
“As you noticed final night time, they have been very cool & very skilled. By no means let it get out of hand,” he mentioned. “Thanks!”
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He additionally criticized Democratic Mayor Bowser, who mentioned refused to permit the town’s police to become involved in defending the White Home from any violent protests.
“On the unhealthy aspect, the D.C. Mayor, @MurielBowser, who’s all the time in search of cash & assist, wouldn’t let the D.C. Police become involved. “Not their job.” Good!” he mentioned.
The fiery tweets by Trump come a day after he had precipitated controversy by saying that “THUGS are dishonoring the reminiscence of George Floyd” and warned: “Any issue and we are going to assume management however, when the looting begins, the capturing begins.”
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He later clarified the tweet after he was criticized by Democrats, and censored by Twitter for “glorifying violence.”
“Looting results in capturing, and that’s why a person was shot and killed in Minneapolis on Wednesday night time – or have a look at what simply occurred in Louisville with 7 folks shot,” Trump tweeted Friday. “I don’t need this to occur, and that’s what the expression put out final night time means. It was spoken as a reality, not as an announcement.”